A Church with a Heart for our Community

November 8th Thursday

Greetings to you in the name of the One who loved us and gave his life for us, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! I trust that God has been very good to you over the last number of days and that you are enjoying – health, strength and a happy heart! I don’t know if this is your experience or not but it is a real challenge in the cooler, wet November days to declare – “this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to shine the light of His presence into your life and and to draw you close to Himself with arms of grace and mercy.

Here we are, only 3 days away from November 11th and Remembrance Day. I know that that relates to specific events and sacrifices and memories that so many will not forget. However, from my perspective the idea of “remembering” is an important part of our spiritual journey. There are two Hebrew words that give ‘remembering’ and ‘not forgetting’  an extra layer of meaning. They are “zakar” and “lo shakach” – “remember” and “not forget or not neglect” … and they are written in the active tense which means they are active verbs – they are ‘doing words’ .

Therefore we ‘actively’ remember God and remind Him of the promises He made to us…and in doing so, it helps us to remember them and allows us to be re-assured that God can be trusted. “Remembering” means to call God’s promises made in the past, into the present. Doing this reignites our faith in God’s purposes and plans for our life. This we know…God’s promises are energizing- they give us courage and confidence…and courage and confidence get us moving to do the things that need to be done.

In a rather interesting way that is part of the message of “Remembrance Day” – Yes! remember the sacrifice of men and women but also remember … “To you from failing hands we throw the torch-Be yours to hold it high-If you break faith with us who die-We shall not rest”. Remembrance should lead to action – give thanks, to pray passionately, to enjoy and promote the freedom we have, to be aware of how life is happening around us, to exercise our right to vote, and to protect the rights of freedom.

Have a great day – be blessed – remember!